RetroN 4 lets you play all your retro games on your HDTV

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If you’re a regular GeekTech reader, you probably know there are some seriously hardcore ways to make your own retro video game machines. But if you feel a little squeamish about gutting your old systems, you’ll soon be able to buy a brand-new game console that plays four types of classic cartridges.

Hyperkin is coming out with a new retro gaming machine, called the RetroN 4, that will play all your 16- as well as 32-bit classics from the Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and Gameboy Advance. The system lets you insert all of your original cartridges and play them on your big-ass HDTV through an HDMI connection.

The RetroN 4 also supports both PAL (the color encoding system for analog television in Europe) and NTSC cartridges. In addition, it comes with two controller ports for every system, so you can enjoy that Battletoads hover bike level with a friend just like the old days.

We're not lawyers, but we're guessing that the RetroN is a more legally viable option for retro gaming than a lot of DIY projects, since it appears to sidestep the messy copyright issues involved with ROMs.

Hyperkin is keeping the wraps on the pricing, availability, and even the look of the RetroN 4 until March 23 at the Midwest Gaming Classic convention in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

[HyperKin via IGN]

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